oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die musikante van die W rttembergse Kaapregiment (1787-1791)
The Wrttemberg Cape Regiment which was made available as a body of mercenaries to the Dutch East India Company by Count Karl Eugen, had 54 musicians at its disposal. They, together with the troops, experienced bad times, and many subsequently died in Batavia; only about 100 out of a total of approximately 3200 troops had the privilege of seeing their fatherland again. In this article the circumstances that led to the hiring of the regiment, as well as the recruitment of troops, their privations en rule and conditions at the Cape are discussed. The focus is especially on the musicians of the regiment with regard to their origins, their duties in the regiment, and their substitutes, as well as the influence they exerted on the musical life at the Cape.
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